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Ground guide – Galpharm Stadium

Tenants – Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants (rugby league)

Capacity – 24,500 (all seated)

Address – Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX

Year opened – 1995

Other names – Alfred McAlpine Stadium

The Galpharm Stadium is a relatively new ground opening in 1995 and is home to Huddersfield Town and the local rugby league team the Huddersfield Giants.

The stadium was known as the Alfred McAlpine, after the company that built the stadium. Though after their ten year deal sponsoring the stadium ran out,  Galpharm Healthcare took up the spot.

This stadium is different to most with each stand having a semi-circular look, rather like an open oyster. The ground has a couple of two tiered stands, one along the side of the pitch and one behind one goal, and two single tiered stands.

Here is some more information that might be of use to you.

  • We’re thinking of coming on the train. Is this a good idea?

Yes. The trains in and out of Huddersfield are very frequent and it has good links straight to either Leeds or Manchester. Also the trains are usually quite cheap and affordable. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk down the main road from the station.

  • Is there anywhere away fans can drink near the ground?

Yes, but be careful about which pubs you go in. Immediately on your right as you walk out of the train station is the Angel of Islington pub which is best avoided if your are a visiting supporter. Countless times I have walked passed and sensed a tense atmosphere, especially after their team have lost. A little nearer the ground is the peculiarly named Gas Club which does welcome away fans and has an accompanying car park, priced at £2. There is also a number of pubs along Leeds Road as you approach the ground as well as one in the nearby entertainment complex called the Rope Walk, though this again does not allow away fans.

  • What’s car parking like around the ground?

The club has quite a large park at the back of the away stand which is available at £5 per car. There are a fair number of other small parking outlets in and around the ground and it shouldn’t prove a problem.

  • Where are the away fans seated?

The away fans are housed in the Pink Link South Stand which holds around 4,000. The facilities are good, as you would expect with all new stadiums. Legroom is relatively generous and there is a spacious concoursewith all the usual food and drinks available. There is also a Ladbrokes betting stand if you fancy putting your money where your mouth is.

  • Last but least, how much is the programme?

The matchday magazine will set you back £3.

Video – Carlisle fans at the Galpharm

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